Friday Satellite & Cold Analysis

Written by on December 6, 2013 in NatGasWeather - No comments

Much of the Midwest saw overnight lows well below zero, with many locations between -10F to -20 F, showing just how bitter cold this Arctic outbreak is. This mornings infrared satellite analysis shows the main weather features impacting the US quite well.

 

1) Bitter cold air has become established over much of the north-central US. The yellow colors show where the coldest air is located and is tricking the satellite into thinking its cloud cover since the satellite typically only sees these temperatures much higher up in the atmosphere where it’s much colder.

2)
The strong cold front gradually will advance across much of the eastern US today with areas of heavy rain, snow, ice, and freezing rain. The heaviest snow is expected across the Ohio Valley states.

 

3) High pressure and warm southerly winds ahead of the front is leading very mild conditions across the southeastern US with many locations seeing highs in the 70s.

 

4) The next reinforcing shot of cold is dropping through the Pac NW and will move toward southern California and Arizona over the next 36 hours. This cold will eventually push toward New Mexico and Texas and could lead to wellhead freeze issues.

 

Friday Infrared Satellite Image

Friday Infrared Satellite Image

 

Morning temperatures showing the bitter cold air over much of the US

Morning temperatures showing the bitter cold air over much of the US, especially northern Plains.

 

24 hour temperatures changes from Friday morning compared to Thursday morning.

24 hour temperatures changes from Friday morning compared to Thursday morning.  Easy to tell where the front has went through.

 

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